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FILOIL: UP transferee Rivero just made La Salle feel his presence at both ends

Ricci Rivero found himself and the University of the Philippines, his new team, down by as much as 14 points to De La Salle University, his old team, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre. It was at that point, however, that he dropped seven points in the last five minutes of regulation to will the Fighting Maroons back into the game. The last two of those points came after he fished a foul from Justine Baltazar and then converted the couple of charities. At the other end, he then snuffed out a triple try by Andrei Caracut, making sure the two teams needed overtime to settle the score. In all, the Green Archers were 32.9 seconds away from a win only to fall victim to Rivero's game-changing plays at both ends. Asked if he was inspired to play against his old team, though, State U's prized transferee downplayed whatever personal feelings he had on the match-up. "Nothing really special naman. Like what Coach Bo [Perasol] said, it's not about winning against La Salle or winning against any other team," he said. He then continued, "We're playing basketball here so it's about winning each and every game." Whatever it is, at the end of the day, it was the euro-stepping swingman who, together with Javi Gomez de Liano, lifted UP to a triumph over La Salle as he dropped 10 of his game-high 28 points in the extra session. Rivero made it a point to say, though, that even after this win, they are far from their goal. As he put it, "Not just beating this specific team or whatever makes you a good team. What makes you a good team is, first, staying together, trusting each other." He then continued, "Next is the willingness to win. It's not just beating this specific team." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 12th, 2019

Justin Arana finds a home with Arellano Chiefs

In his Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup debut with Arellano, Arana was a pillar of strength for first year head coach Cholo Martin. The 6’5” Arana scored a team high 16 points and grabbed 17 rebounds while adding one assist against the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons who prevailed, 78-69......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 8th, 2019

Manzo leads UP to mighty rebound in Filoil Preseason

The University of the Philippines got just what it needed to bounce back in the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament, making quick work of rebuilding Arellano University, 78-69, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Reigning and defending MVP Bright Akhuetie didn't suit up this time around and Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan as well as Jaydee Tungcab missed their second straight games, but that didn't matter as the Fighting Maroons drew contributions from returning Jun Manzo and newbies Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras to rise to an even 1-1 standing. Manzo, who was sidelined during their loss to San Beda University two days ago, spearheaded the offensive with 19 points while prized transferees Rivero and Paras contributed 19 and 16 markers, respectively. Those three keyed State U's strong start and had all the answers even as the Chiefs kept coming until the final buzzer. For Arellano, Justin Arana, a transferee from UST, led the effort with 16 points. Ace guard Kent Salado, now healthy after an ACL injury, had 10 points to his name. BOX SCORES UP 78 -- Manzo 19, Rivero 19, Paras 16, Murell 8, Webb 5, Spencer 4, Gob 4, Prado 3, Longa 0, Gozum 0. ARELLANO 69 -- Arana 16, Bayla 14, Alcoriza 14, Salado 10, Segura 6, Concepcion 4, Sablan 3, Santos 2, Espiritu 0, Gayosa 0. QUARTER SCORES: 25-18, 38-35, 59-56, 78-69. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 7th, 2019

UP, UE share 2019 s king of recruiting crown

Who was our King of Recruiting in 2018? Find out here. --- Last season, the University of the Philippines, at long last, broke through in the UAAP. Behind the leadership of Paul Desiderio and key contributions from Season MVP Bright Akhuetie and Mythical selection Juan Gomez de Liano, the Fighting Maroons made their first Final Four since 1997 and first Finals in 32 years. Now, even without the iconic Desiderio, State U is nothing but confident it could build on its breakthrough. The reason? Well, because two of the brightest young stars in Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero are now orbiting Diliman. Paras has all the physical tools to take any league by storm and now in maroon and green, he is out to continue the legacy of his father Benjie who delivered the school’s first and only championship. Meanwhile, the Euro-stepping Rivero already knows a thing or two about taking the UAAP by storm, having been chosen for the Mythical Team when he was still playing for De La Salle University in 2017. Add big man J-Boy Gob, another transferee, to that and, indeed, UP is only equipped to keep contending. On the strength of the transfers of Paras and Rivero alone, the Fighting Maroons would have been worthy of the title of 2019 King of Recruiting. Right up there with them, though, in terms of getting a big boost in the offseason is University of the East. Absent from the Final Four in the last decade, the Red Warriors will be heading into the upcoming season with a fully stocked arsenal. Now up front for them – alongside stalwart Philip Manalang, of course – will be 6-foot-9 Senegalese Adama Diakhite, three-time champion and two-time MVP in the CESAFI Rey Suerte, and college-ready Harvey Pagsanjan, the no. 7 high school player in the 2019 NBTC 24. Diakhite is a hulking presence who will prove to be a tough matchup even for the likes of reigning MVP Akhuetie and last year’s Rookie of the year Ange Kouame. Suerte, a gifted scorer from anywhere on the court, fills right into the hole left behind by scoring dynamo Alvin Pasaol while Pagsanjan can continue making all the right plays he had been doing as the longtime beacon of hope for Hope Christian High School. Also flanking them are former Ateneo de Manila University forward John Apacible, defensive stopper Neil Tolentino, Filipino-Kiwi swingman Richie Rodger, and Filipino-Australian point guard Jasper Rentoy. And with that, UP and UE will have joint custody of the crown of the 2019 King of Recruiting. They dethrone National University which claimed the crown a year ago behind a big-time recruiting class that included Ildefonso brothers Dave and Shaun, John Lloyd Clemente, and John Galinato. Just like last year, there remains no doubt that the new Fighting Maroons and Red Warriors will make their respective sides forces to reckon with come UAAP 82. Still, several squads also made it a point to be better in the offseason. In fact, the graduating players in the 2019 NBTC 24 have been spread out among eight different teams. From the 2019 NBTC 24, the annual ranking of the best high school players in the country, 14 are moving on up to the Seniors. Adamson University is the biggest winner in terms of recruits from that ranking, with three of the top 15 players now in San Marcelino. Ninth-ranked Aaron Fermin is a double-double machine in the NCAA Jrs. and is nothing but determined to realize his potential as a two-way force under multi-titled mentor Franz Pumaren. In CESAFI standout Joshua Yerro and UAAP Jrs. Mythical selection Joem Sabandal, coach Franz also has young blood to bolster the backcourt that will no longer have Koko Pingoy. The Soaring Falcons also scored four other former Baby Falcons in big man Lorenz Capulong and wings Adam and Andrey Doria and AP Manlapaz. When it comes to reaping the rewards of its high school program, though, nobody could still touch Mapua University which again got two keep its Jrs. studs in Clint Escamis and Dan Arches, both of whom made it into the top two-thirds of the 2019 NBTC 24. Escamis and Arches are offensive guards who will give much-needed firepower to a promising core comprised of fellow Mapua HS products Warren Bonifacio, Eric Jabel, Noah Lugo, and Laurenz Victoria. Also, the Cardinals are the favorites to land NCAA 94 Jrs. Finals MVP Paolo Hernandez, another Red Robin. Also bagging two prized prospects from the 2019 NBTC 24 is La Salle which is now the place where the talented tandem of Joel Cagulangan and Joshua David get to work. Cagulangan has long been a star in the making and the NCAA 94 Jrs. MVP is, without question, Taft Avenue’s point guard of the future. The even better news is that he will still have wingman David, a tried and tested glue guy, to grow with. Also set to debut for the Green Archers are Filipino-Americans Jordan Bartlett, a speedster guard; Tyrus Hill, a high-flying forward; and Kurt Lojera, a big-bodied swingman. In all, there are six graduates from the top 10 of the 2019 NBTC 24. All of them would be on different teams in the Srs. Two players from 2019 NBTC 24 are yet to commit to any school, but there is no doubt that Red Robin Hernandez and Greenie Inand Fornilos will be able additions to any collegiate team. For the second straight year, Aldin Ayo will be adding a top three recruit out of high school as incoming sophomore CJ Cansino will now join forces with another triple-doubling talent in Mark Nonoy, a rookie who plays way beyond his years. But wait, there’s more as UST also welcomes with open arms its newest foreign student-athlete in Beninese Soulemane Chabi Yo whose speed and skill will make him a problem for the other foreign student-athletes more used to being powerhouses. Sprinkle in stretch four Sherwin Concepcion as well as versatile forwards Rhenz Abando and Brent Paraiso and there’s a reason why the Growling Tigers are now very much a darkhorse contender. L-Jay Gonzales and RJ Abarrientos remain FEU’s backcourt for tomorrow, but in the meantime, the former is poised for a breakout just as the latter is poised to wrap up his K-12 schooling. Yes, Abarrientos is not yet good to go come UAAP 82, but his steady hand is still the perfect pairing for the burst of energy that is Gonzales. Make no mistake, however, the Tamaraws have gotten help in the form of 6-foot-10 Cameroonian Patrick Tchuente as well as former Baby Tams Daniel Celzo and Jack Gloria. Letran is already the biggest it has ever been up front with NCAA 94 Rookie of the Year Larry Muyang alongside Jeo Ambohot, Christian Balagasay, and Christian Fajarito. Now, the Knights have also beefed up at the wings with Allen Mina and Mark Sangalang as well as former Red Warrior and Growling Tiger Jordan Sta. Ana. LPU will have to prove it could continue contending even without NCAA 93 MVP CJ Perez, but the good news is that now backtopping Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee are former San Sebastian College-Recoletos key cogs Alvin Baetiong, Jayson David, and Renzo Navarro. That’s still a pretty solid lineup in our books. Just like last year, the now two-time UAAP champions are mostly intact, only losing team captain Anton Asistio as well as reserve guard Aaron Black. That doesn’t mean, however, that there are no new faces in Ateneo. Geo Chiu, Kai Sotto’s twin tower, decided to stay in Katipunan just as fellow ex-Blue Eaglets RV Berjay and Jason Credo are now seeing minutes in head coach Tab Baldwin’s rotation. And oh, there is a possibility that double-double machine Fornilos, who placed no. 13 in the 2019 NBTC 24, is bound to be a Blue Eaglet. Perps is nothing but determined to build on the triumphant return to the NCAA of head coach Frankie Lim and to do that, they will be leaning on former San Beda University pillar Ben Adamos as well as ex-Adamson HS workhorse Jefner Egan. Count out the Altas at your own risk. JRU is just on the first phase of a grand rebuild, but there is no doubt that things are looking up for Kalentong. In John Amores, they now have an end-to-end force who is all set to make an immediate impact as a rookie. These are the new names to watch for the teams: Baste CSB National U San Beda --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2019

Maroons see bright future with Akhuetie

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons can see brighter days ahead with Nigerian big man Bright Akhuetie deciding to come o.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017

Maroons get big with Bright

THE University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons will have two foreign players practicing with them when they prepare for the coming 80th season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines men’s basketball tournament......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017

Brighter days ahead for UP? Akhuetie to don Maroons jersey

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons can see brighter days ahead with Nigerian big man Bright Akhueti deciding to come on.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017

Desiderio is first Mythical selection from UP in a decade

The breakthrough continues for the University of the Philippines long even after they have bowed out of contention. Finishing with a record of 5-11, their best in a decade, the Fighting Maroons will also celebrate their first player to make th.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2016

SBC-A nips UP, tops Martin tilt

MANILA, Philippines - The San Beda-A Red Lions denied the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons their first ever title in recent years, pulling off.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 18th, 2016

Next step in rise of UP? Fight for Final Four, says Perasol

In only his first season with the University of the Philippines, head coach Bo Perasol guided his alma mater to its best showing in a decade. The Fighting Maroons ended the elimination round at 5-9, but late in the season, they were still in t.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2016

UP fights on after fending off now-eliminated UST

Much like their team’s playoff hopes, the University of the Philippines crowd inside the San Juan Arena on Sunday was alive and kicking. That was all the Maroons needed to keep fighting and eventually claim even more milestones. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 6th, 2016

World Sports: State U Fighting Maroons making most of chances

THERE Final Four fate in Season 79 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines may still be uncertain at this point of the competition but it has not stopped the UP Fighting Maroons from making the most of the chances presented to them and a.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsOct 27th, 2016

UP scores fourth win for first time since 2009

The University of the Philippines are out to make sure that all of team captain Jett Manuel’s last games in the UAAP will count. The Fighting Maroons jolted life into their playoff chances after surviving desperate J-Jay Alejandro and Na.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2016

Manuel, Desiderio power UP to win number three

Jett Manuel and Paul Desiderio each had 16 points, while rookie Javi Gomez de Liano added thirteen more as the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons picked up their third win in the UAAP Season 79 men's basketball tournament after downing .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2016

Tams turn back never-say-die Maroons

MANILA, Philippines – Reigning champion Far Eastern U dodged the bullet as it escaped subdued hard-fighting University of the Philippines, 51-49, for its fir.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 25th, 2016

Maroons barge into win column, outlast Warriors

MANILA, Philippines — The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons finally secured a much-needed victory in the UAAP Wednesday at the expense of the Un.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2016

Maroons, Falcons win Fr. Martin cagefest assignments

MANILA, Philippines – The University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons and the Adamson Soaring Falcons unraveled new faces as they edged their foes Sunday.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 14th, 2016

UP guns for fourth straight win in Ang Liga

First division leader University of the Philippines (UP) is on a hunt for a fourth straight victory when they face University of Batangas (UB) in Ang Liga at the San Beda College Football Field at 1 p.m. today. The Fighting Maroons are on top of the stand.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 10th, 2016

Caduyac, Nzeusseu power LPU past Letran

Raymar Caduyac poured 10 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as Lyceum of the Philippines came back from 13 points down to beat Letran, 101-96, Friday in the 2019 FilOil Flying V Preseason Tournament. The Pirates recovered from a shaky first half to remain unbeaten in three games in Group B while handing the Knights first loss in four games. Caduyac provided the much-needed offensive firepower in the pivotal stretch of the fourth frame but it was Mike Nzeusseu who dropped the hammer with a one-handed and one slam with nine ticks left to wrap the win. “We beat ourselves in the first half,” said Pirates coach Topex Robinson. “Nabulaga kami with a very good first half from Letran.” Nzeusseu led LPU with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Jaycee Marcelino had 18 points, four boards and two steals while Jayson David contributed 11 markers for the Pirates. Letran saw its winning run snapped for a 3-1 card despite  the 30-point explosion of Allen Mina. Fran Yu got 15 points, five rebounds and three assists while Tommy Olivario had 10. In other results, De La Salle University weathered Centro Escolar University’s upset scare, 71-67, for a 3-1 win-loss record in Group A while San Sebastinan College beat University of the Philippines, 73-64. Encho Serrano led the Green Archers with 18 points while Justin Baltazar finished with a double-double with 14 markers and 10 boards. Aljun Melecio chipped in with 11 points for the Taft-based squad. The Scorpions cut DLSU’s lead to 69-67 with just a minute left off a Jan Formento triple. The Green Archers came up empty in the next possession but Formento missed his triple before Serrano drilled a layup to secure the win. Formento scored 22 for CEU, which slid to 2-1 mark. RK Ilagan posted 18 points while Allyn Bulanadi finished with 16 for the Stags. Ricci Rivero scored 19 points, Jun Manzo got 12 while reigning UAAP MVP Bright Akhuetie had 11 markers in a lost cause for the Maroons.   Meanwhile, College of St. Benilde defeated Jose Rizal University, 79-56. Yankie Hanruna caught fire as he steered the Blazers to its first win in  three outing, scoring 19 points in 7-of-10 field goal shooting to go with five rebounds. Justin Gutang and James Pasturan added nine markers each as CSB dictated the tempo of the game early with a backbreaking 18-4 first quarter blitz. The Bombers were no match to the guns of the Blazers as they dropped to 0-2 mark in Group B. MJ dela Virgen scored 11 points while freshman Marwin Dionisio posted 11 for JRU.   Box scores: First game: ST. BENILDE (79) -- Haruna 19, Pasturan 9, Gutang 9, Naboa 8, Pangalangan 7, Belgica 6, Dixon 5, Young 3, Flores 3, Carlos 2, Nayve 2, Leutcheu 2, Lim 2, Javillonar 2, Lepalam 0. JRU (56) -- Dela Virgen 11, Dionisio 11, Delos Santos 10, Estrella 6, Arenal 5, Miranda 5, Jungco 2, Aguila 2, Vasquez 2, Bordon 2, Amores 0, Steinl 0, Padua 0. Quarters: 18-4, 34-23, 55-46, 79-56.   Second game: LYCEUM (101) -- Nzeusseu 20, Caduyac 18, Jc. Marcelino 18, David 11, Navarro 8, Tansingco 7, Ibanez 6, Jv. Marcelino 5, Valdez 4, Guinto 2, Santos 2, Laurente 0, Remulla 0. LETRAN (96) -- Mina 30, Yu 15, Olivario 10, Balagasay 9, Sangalang 8, Pambid 7, Reyson 7, Guarino 4, Ular 4, Muyang 1, Caralipio 0, Gallano 0. Quarters: 25-26, 48-58, 71-68, 101-96.   Third Game: DLSU (71) -- Serrano 18, Baltazar 14, Melecio 11, Caracut 9, Manuel 4, David 4, Capacio 4, Cu 2, Bates 2, Bartlett 2, Manaytay 1, Lim 0, Lojera 0, Escandor 0. CEU (67) -- Formento 22, Diouf 13, Chan 10, Fuentes 10, Lisbo 4, Uri 3, Rojas 3, Sunga 2, Caballero 0, Diaz 0, Bernabe 0. Quarters: 11-13, 26-28, 47-48, 71-67.   Fourth Game: SSC-R (73) -- Ilagan 18, Bulanadi 16, Sumoda 13, Calabat 8, Bonleon 6, Dela Cruz 4, Villapando 3, Altamirano 3, Calma 2, Desoyo 0, Loristo 0, Suico 0, Baclay 0, Tero 0, Isidro 0, Are 0. UP (64) -- Rivero 19, Manzo 12, Akhuetie 11, Gomez de Liano, Ju. 8, Murrell 6, Prado 4, Jaboneta 2, Gozum 2, Spencer 0, Tungcab 0, Gob 0. Quarters: 19-13, 37-31, 56-52, 73-64......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 17th, 2019

Family Feud: Ateneo s Gayoso faces uncle, DLSU s Ocampo in UAAP 81 Football Finals

More than just a Finals matchup between collegiate rivals, the upcoming Ateneo versus De La Salle pairing in the UAAP Season 81 Men's Football Finals will be a family event for Ateneo star striker Jarvey Gayoso and DLSU head coach Alvin Ocampo.  As we've featured before, Gayoso and Ocampo are nephew and uncle.  Now, for the first time in their UAAP careers, the two will meet each other in the season's biggest match. It's also going to be the first time in 13 years that Ateneo and La Salle meet in the Finals.  "I’ve always dreamed of it, we’ve never had it before, we’ve never had an Ateneo-La Salle Finals," shared Gayoso, who was the hero in Ateneo's Finals-clinching win over Far Eastern University in the Final Four. "It being the Finals, I expect a crazy crowd, and the game, of course, we all know, especially us athletes, when it comes to Ateneo-La Salle, nobody is going to give less than a hundred percent, everyone’s going to keep fighting, it’s all about pride eh." As for getting to face his Tito Alvin in the Finals, Gayoso admitted that it was something he and the rest of the family hoped for.  "We all wanted the Ateneo-La Salle game. We were cheering for each other," Gayoso said. "I really wanted to go against La Salle in the Finals, and I’m pretty sure Tito Alvin wanted me to flourish here in this game, so it was a nice setting, it’s a nice game to expect."  Ocampo, who said that he has always made it a point to comment on Jarvey's performances, says that for this instance, he will be keeping his comments to himself for at least after the Finals. "Hindi muna kami mag-papansinan for the whole week," Ocampo said, jokingly. "After na. Hindi muna ako magco-comment sa laro niya ngayon."  Ocampo and his Green Archers upset and dethroned defending champions University of the Philippines in their Final Four matchup.  Ateneo and De La Salle battle for the UAAP Season 81 Men's Football Championship on Thursday, May 16th at 4:30 PM. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019